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In what could be the death knell for Big Stone II, Otter Tail Power Company -- the lead developer in the consortium -- has pulled out of the project. Big Stone II, a 500-to-600-megawatt coal-fired power plant proposed for near Milbank, S.D., would provide power to much of west-central Minnesota, including Detroit Lakes. The loss of Otter Tail Power hurts, but the remaining partners are holding talks with two utilities, hoping they will take Otter Tail's place in the project, said project manager Dan Sharp.
Barring some unforeseen change of plan, the State Patrol dispatch office in Detroit Lakes will be closed within the next few years and consolidated into a new regional office in Duluth. The State Patrol has decided that Duluth and Rochester will join Roseville as the patrol's three consolidated Public Safety Answering Points in the state -- replacing centers in Detroit Lakes, Virginia, Thief River Falls, Brainerd, Marshall, Mankato and St.
The Becker County Sheriff's Department is investigating a mobile home fire in Sugar Bush Township in which human remains were found. Shortly after 7 a.m.
Compromise was the name of the game Monday for the Lake Park-Audubon School Board, which was split on whether to ask voters for a new operating levy that would bring in $695 per student or one that would generate $795 per student. After about an hour of debate, the board took the recommendation of Superintendent Dale Hogie and split the difference: It will ask voters to approve a $750-per-student, seven-year operating levy in November. The district's current $500-per-student operating levy runs out after next year. If approved by voters Nov.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board decided Monday to ask voters to approve a $750-per-student, seven-year operating levy in November. The district's current $500-per-student operating levy runs out after next year. If approved by voters Nov. 3, the higher levy would cancel the existing operating levy for next year and replace it with the new levy. The extra money is badly needed because state funding has been essentially frozen: The district had to cut more than $225,000 from its budget this year, and is asking teachers to accept a pay freeze.
A district judge has agreed to ask a Minnesota Appeals Court for guidance on the issue of whether subpoenas were properly served in the Virginia Briard case. District Judge Lisa Borgen ruled in June that the subpoenas had been properly served, even though they had been delivered to her husband and son. Virginia Briard is accused of going on the run to avoid testifying at the first trial of her husband, Robert.
The city of Detroit Lakes is experiencing some knocks in the plumbing along the way to a $2 million improvement project at its water treatment plant. First the public utilities department was unable to land federal stimulus money -- it had hoped for a grant to cover about a third of the cost -- and then bids came in higher than expected. They range from about $1.8 million to $2.2 million, but city officials had hoped to see bids in the $1.5 million range, because it was hoped contractors would be hungry for work because of the recession. The city has put the bids on a 60-day hold while
A Lake Park woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon by a protective mother cow after taking some children to see its calf. Mindi Mikkelsen, of the 2000 block of Second Street, Lake Park, suffered seven broken ribs on her right side and a laceration to her liver, according to her husband, Jason Mikkelson. Mikkelsen was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to MeritCare hospital in Fargo, where she is still hospitalized. Mikkelsen, who runs a daycare service, was planning to show four or five of the children in her care a calf, which the mother cow "didn't care for," Jason Mikkelsen said.
The Shriners have long been known for their support of children's hospitals around the country, but the Detroit Lakes Shrine Club also likes to help local causes -- including the Boys and Girls Club. That's why the Shriners are sponsoring Mystification, a magic and vaudeville act that will be at the Holmes Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug.
The Lake Park-Audubon School District appears likely to put a new operating levy referendum before voters this year. Judging from preliminary discussion Monday, the school board is leaning towards a seven-year levy that would raise either $695 or $795 per student each year. That's up from a $500-per-pupil operating levy now in effect. A $695-per-student levy would bring in about $150,000 more each year than the current operating levy, which expires after next year. The district could actually use more money -- some board members talked wistfully of a $900-per-pupil levy -- but voters a